From cacophony to calm: Music therapy from the perspective of a person living with chronic pain


Music and Medicine




Service user perspectives are relatively rare in published research on music therapy. This paper focuses on the perspective of a person living with chronic pain, and her experience of music therapy while being involved in music therapy research. She reflects on her music making in the sessions and how she uses music outside of therapy. This is followed by reflections from her music therapist and a discussion of how service user perspectives can inform knowledge and practice. The paper concludes with recommendations made by the service user for future music therapy services arising from her experience, and advocates for the inclusion of service user voices in future research. It is hoped that music therapists, clients, other healthcare practitioners, and anyone interested in music therapy will find this paper gives insight into one person’s experience of music therapy for chronic pain. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Pain; Chronic Pain; Pain Management and Control; Patient Experience; Subjective Methods; Music Therapy; Music Medicine

Indexed Terms

Pain Management; Chronic Pain; Therapists; chronic pain; client perspective; patient participant research

Study Type

Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type